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Manteca sophomores claim Valley Oak title

Manteca High’s Jacob Menasco (87), Hjmar Sanchez (35) and Brian Robbins (55) stop Sierra’s Brian Terrell in Friday’s Valley Oak League contest.

HIME ROMERO/The Bulletin/


POSTED November 3, 2013 11:57 p.m.

By the time Sierra completed a play from scrimmage Friday night, Manteca had run off 26 plays and put up three touchdowns and the Timberwolves never recovered with the Buffaloes winning the game 40-23. In doing so they claimed the Valley Oak League sophomore championship at Daniel Teicheira Memorial Stadium.
 Manteca (6-0 VOL, 9-0 overall) took the opening kickoff and mounted a five-minute drive capped by a 4-yard Marcus Rivas touchdown run. Hjamer Sanchez recovered a Sierra fumble on the next play from scrimmage and two minutes later Tyler Graves ran it in for a 14-0 Buffaloes lead.
 The Timberwolves (7-1-1, 4-1-1) fumbled the ensuing kickoff and Darrion Kitson covered the ball for Manteca. With 37 seconds left in the opening period Rivas made it 20-0, scoring from 2 yards out. Kitson increased the lead to 26-0 on a 1-yard plunge with 3:37 remaining in the first half.
 Mark Paule got Sierra on the board when he returned the kickoff following Kitson’s plunge 90 yards to draw the Timberwolves within 26-7. Sierra scored twice in the second half with Jess Spivey spotting Paule for a 28-yard touchdown pass – set up with a crushing downfield block by Daniel Wyatt – and Brian Terrell scoring on a 15-yard run.
 Unfortunately for the Timberwolves, the Buffaloes also added two touchdowns in the second half. Rivas ran one in from 36 yards out Kitson capped the night’s scoring with a 1-yard plunge.
 Manteca coach Sean Hogan credited his team’s success to hard work.
 “Every dude on this team worked their butts off to be VOL champs,” Hogan said. “They deserve it.”
 Kitson led the Buffaloes punishing ground game with 132 yards on 22 carries and
Rivas added 94 yards on 19 carries.
 Spivey was 10 of 14 for 61 yards and Paule made an interception for Sierra.
 East Union 14,
Weston Ranch 12
As of press time no further details were provided to the Bulletin.

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